Toll decision on hold as accidents plummet

THE decision over whether to reintroduce tolls back on a picturesque Weston road has been delayed. The issue over whether people should have to pay to travel along Kewstoke's toll road was brought up again at a meeting of North Somerset Council's Strategi

THE decision over whether to reintroduce tolls back on a picturesque Weston road has been delayed.The issue over whether people should have to pay to travel along Kewstoke's toll road was brought up again at a meeting of North Somerset Council's Strategic Planning and Economic Development Policy and Scrutiny Panel on Monday night.But the debate has been put back for further discussion next month.This week North Somerset Council said safety measures and improved driving standards have dramatically reduced the number of accidents on the road.The authority has introduced a number of safety improvements along the route in the last two years at a total cost of around £85,000. It says between 1996 and 2004 there was an average of three recorded injury accidents per year, resulting in a total of 46 casualties, including four deaths and seven serious injuries. But in the last two years there have been only two minor accidents on the road. A spokesman said: "It is a pity these improvements in driving standards are still marred by a small number of youngsters who persist in tempting fate with reckless and sometimes noisy late-night driving, which not only puts all road users at risk but also greatly irritates Kewstoke residents.


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